October 20, 2023

Dear Students and Families,

As we cope with the challenges of the past few weeks, we remain focused on designing dynamic educational experiences that embody our values as a school: building community, empowering student voice, and practicing empathy, kindness, and care across every dimension of our program.

In this spirit, we wanted to share a few updates about the rest of this month, and the month to come! 

  • Dr. Dave is finalizing plans for the Open House this Sunday, which will include faculty-led workshops, highlights of our experiential education program, opportunities to learn about college counseling and student life, and even an alumni-hosted ice cream truck!
  • Ms. Miraglia is planning a fun Fall Social in collaboration with Student Government (StuGov), while Ms. Cole-Farrell and her students continue working on the production of our Fall play, Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood
  • Classes are humming along, clubs are active, and our sports teams are running, leaping, and sailing through the fall season. 

On the security front, earlier this week we held an information session for parents that included Dr. Pellant’s update on proactive and responsive security measures at Kehillah, analyses from our security partners, Rafi Brinner, a Jewish Community Federation Community Security Advisor, and Harry Aruda, CEO of Cooke & Associates, our security provider, and a Q & A session. We will continue to provide updates as events dictate. 

Additionally, we held a very successful evacuation drill yesterday morning focusing on emergency preparedness, all in an effort to enhance our responsiveness as a school. On that note, please see the security reminders below:

  • Cars may only wait to turn into the parking lot outside the building to our north. If you are coming from the south, please use the vacant lot two buildings down to turn around so you are facing in the correct direction, ready to turn right, and do not create a danger by waiting in the middle of the street to turn left. 
  • The placard with the Kehillah circle and flourish must be visible in your car for the entire time you are on the campus. 
  • Remind your children that they are only permitted to enter and exit the building through the front lobby door, toward the parking lot. This rule has been in place for three years.

As our students continue to take action in the service of peace, democracy, and justice, we remain committed to supporting their wellness and creating spaces for reflection, learning, and advocacy. We also know you may want to participate as a family in one of the many gatherings in the area. In that spirit, we want to highlight an interfaith prayer vigil led by Rabbis Booth and Graff, parents of Kehillah students/alumni:

Thank you for your continued support.


Daisy and Roy

Important Events & Dates

End of First Quarter

Friday, October 20

Families will receive First Quarter grades and comments from teaching faculty by the end of the month.

Open House - Admissions Event

Sunday, October 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Kehillah welcomes families of all religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to our first Open House of the year on October 22 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.! Interested families will have an opportunity to attend model lessons, engage in panel discussions, take a tour of our campus, and more!

If you know of families who might be interested in joining our community, pass the word and let them know about this exciting upcoming event! 

To register, go to Ravenna, create an account, add Kehillah to your profile, and select Kehillah Conversation from the events section. 

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PSAT/SAT Testing Day

Thursday, October 26

  • 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders taking an exam will meet in their assigned rooms.
  • 10th- and 11th-graders not taking an exam will stay at home to work on assignments.
  • 12th-graders not taking an exam will attend a supervised college application work session with the College Counseling team from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All 9th-graders will go on the Urban Adamah outing.

Kikar Coffee

Friday, November 3, 8:15-9:30 a.m.

Come hear Ms. Kaylin Liang and Ms. Jordana Bischoff, our very own College Counselors, speak about the college process and how they support students on Friday, November 3 at 8:15 a.m.

Brainy Parenting

Wednesday, November 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

If you are a member of Congregation Beth Am’s Teen Youth Program, consider attending an upcoming event on Wednesday, November 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Our very own Dr. Pellant is presenting on “Brainy Parenting,” which will examine how the latest neuroscience and cognitive science research affects parenting practices.

Picture Retakes

Friday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Still Light Photography will be on campus for retakes on Friday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for students and staff unable to attend or seeking photo retakes due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the yearbook advisor at kchouhan@kehillah.org. The expectation is that all staff and students get their photos taken to be included in the yearbook.

Z3 Conference

Sunday, November 5

We are delighted to be a Community Sponsor of this year's Z3 Conference. Hosted by the OFJCC, the mission of Z3 is to provide a unique opportunity for people from all backgrounds to come together and contribute to the shaping of a stronger bond between the global Jewish community and Israel. Please consider attending on Sunday, November 5 and standing together with our community.

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